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by Wayfarer
Thu May 25, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 713

Re: How can I be sure its valid

Hence my question, how do I know the relative ease in which I find I can 'just sit' is not some sort of self delusion and I am in fact wasting my time Well, answering as another student of Zen, and not by any means a teacher of it, my answer would be, how can just sitting be a delusion? Unless you'...
by Wayfarer
Wed May 24, 2017 4:51 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: Harari - Sapiens and Homo Deus

I bought myself Sapiens as a present on the weekend, and am a bit dissappointed by it. As THO says it's written for a primary-school reading age and besides is clearly of the Neil De Grasse Tyson 'science rules' attitude. I bet the author wouldn't appreciate the real meaning of 'sapiens' which is ac...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 23, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 713

Re: How can I be sure its valid

genuine realisation depends on complete surrender to the teacher, entirely. Which also provides the perfect means to maintain the hierarchical, patriarchal power structure common to many religious institutions. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind also contains many warnings against 'practicing with a gaining...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 23, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 713

Re: How can I be sure its valid

I second that Dharmagoat. To tell people that they have to commit to '20 years of strenuous practice with no results' is not a useful thing to say. Better to say that we have already experienced the benefit, but we have forgotten how to appreciate it. :smile:
by Wayfarer
Tue May 23, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Soto
Topic: How can I be sure its valid
Replies: 42
Views: 713

Re: How can I be sure its valid

I am now overwhelmed with doubts as to the validity of my practice. Sceptical doubts are indeed one of the main hindrances to practice. Notice that the impulse that arises from that is to cease from practicing. If you do that, then the sceptical doubts will have won! Whereas if you calmly contempla...
by Wayfarer
Mon May 22, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Yes that's what I mean. Prejudice is generally an example of 'unconscious bias', is it not? So if you were mindful, then you would see that as it arose, presumably. (Which isn't to say that anyone who meditates is necessarily automatically free from prejudices, but that would be the aspiration, I wo...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 20, 2017 11:40 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 820

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

kirtu wrote: Impeachment proceedings have not started in the House.


Representative Al Green nevertheless did call for Trump's impeachment, although as I noted, it is not likely to be carried.

https://www.rt.com/usa/388744-democrats ... peachment/
by Wayfarer
Sat May 20, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 820

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

That Patribotics blog site looks very much 'fake news' to me, I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole.
by Wayfarer
Sat May 20, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

boda wrote:The judgment is still being made, it's merely done unconsciously. This is not always a good thing, as when expressed in various types of prejudice


Which is why self-awareness is so important, and also, so foundational to every school of Buddhism.
by Wayfarer
Sat May 20, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Donald Trump Impeached
Replies: 48
Views: 820

Re: Donald Trump Impeached

There was some news footage from the House of a Democratic congressman (or senator?) formally calling for the impeachment. I think he has a perfectly good cause to do that, but it's simply politicking at this moment. That's probably what the news is about - and it is true that impeachment was called...
by Wayfarer
Sat May 20, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

It means, rising above the need to make such judgements. It's not a matter of abandoning the understanding of right and wrong, but understanding it so well you don't have to think about it. It is called, in learning theory, 'unconscious competence'. This theory may apply well to leaning a new skill...
by Wayfarer
Fri May 19, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

It means, rising above the need to make such judgements. It's not a matter of abandoning the understanding of right and wrong, but understanding it so well you don't have to think about it. It is called, in learning theory, 'unconscious competence'.
by Wayfarer
Thu May 18, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Anonymous X wrote: In a way, it chooses you.


Perfectly true, my understanding also. Don't want to over complicate things.

Hi DharmaGoat, hope you're well. :hi:
by Wayfarer
Wed May 17, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

I would think 'openness' is another word for 'empty of own-being'. If it were so, then one should qualify for the level of an arya-bodhisattva, hence stop committing evil things. But since that is not how it's defined, it sounds rather like a temporary experience of oneness that is neither wisdom n...
by Wayfarer
Tue May 16, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Zen
Topic: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos
Replies: 149
Views: 1920

Re: James Ford on kensho, from Pathos

Astus wrote: What is "radical openness"?


I would think 'openness' is another word for 'empty of own-being'.

I like James Ford a lot, I read his column regularly and drop him a line from time to time. And from what I read about him he's a very dedicated practitioner and teacher.
by Wayfarer
Sun May 14, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Sūtra Studies
Topic: all emotions are pain?
Replies: 25
Views: 580

Re: all emotions are pain?

Think about the relation between 'emotion' and 'motion'. All emotions are accompanied by various hormonal, muscular and nervous reactions - literally a kind of 'moving'. The word 'emotion' itself is derived from 'emouvier' meaning 'to excite'. So another word in the Buddhist lexicon which might be r...
by Wayfarer
Sun May 14, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: An interesting series of articles on Islamic mysticism...
Replies: 4
Views: 283

Re: An interesting series of articles on Islamic mysticism...

Interesting and insightful articles, and also looks an interesting journal, for that matter. The only Sufi book in my library is by Henry Bayman, The Station of No Station, which, perusing those articles, makes me want to re-read (hey, just found it.)

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Sat May 06, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: News & Current Events
Topic: Great translator Burton Watson passed away at 91
Replies: 2
Views: 145

Re: Great translator Burton Watson passed away at 91

Thanks - I noticed that too, yesterday. I was reading his translations back in the 1970's, I was amazed to learn he had lived until now. Great scholar and hugely appreciative of his work.

:namaste:
by Wayfarer
Thu May 04, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1061

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Oh yes, and also, can't pass this by without mentioning the best of all of them, namely: Groundhog Day. :tongue:
by Wayfarer
Thu May 04, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: The Dharma of Westworld
Replies: 42
Views: 1061

Re: The Dharma of Westworld

Actually I have been enjoying the rather scurrilous Netflix drama, Billions, about a New York hedge fund billionaire. I noticed that in Episode 1, both main characters were featured using the Insight Meditation Timer. :smile:

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